What Is Work Related Stress?

What Is Work Related Stress?

On May 28, 2015, Posted by , In Uncategorised, With No Comments

shutterstock_116890039 - depressionThe difficulty with understanding what work related stress means is that what is excessive pressure to one individual can be  motivational pressure to another. The definition of work related stress according to the Health and Safety Executive is:

The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work

They also state that employees can become stressed when they don’t feel they have the emotional, material or financial resources they need to meet these demands.

So it can be tricky to  determine whether the demands of a job are reasonable pressure to motivate and challenge staff or excessive pressure, which in the long term can affect people mentally in the form of anxiety and depression and physically in the form of heart disease, back pain and drug and alcohol dependency.

The key issues that can lead to stress at work are:

  • Excessive workload
  • Management style – bullying or poorly trained managers
  • Poor working relationships
  • Organisational change and restructure
  • Non work related relationship or family issues

There are signs to look for however that can help you spot if an employee is struggling with work related stress and they may show some or many of the following:

  • Decline or inconsistency in work performance
  • Lack of commitment or motivation
  • Indecision
  • Memory lapses
  • Poor time keeping and absenteeism
  • Overly emotional responses to situations at work e.g. crying, anger, irritability
  • Issues with work relationships
  • Physical signs e.g. tiredness, weight gain or loss, tremor, headaches

With the right kinds of support, behavioural and practical, an employee can make the changes to enable them to continue working rather than going on long term absence.

If you would like to discuss the options available to support an individual or team to build their confidence in managing work pressures then please contact me.


What Is Work Related Stress?

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